Monday, April 8, 2013

Don Draper-worthy: 1959 Patek Philippe [Mad Men]

1959. Patek Philippe, fresh form the work bench.

While I was doing the overhaul, Tanya had fun with watercolours.

Ref 2515 is a very typical example of a mid to late 1950s Patek watches. It is fitted with iconic movement Cal. 12-400 which was in use from 1950 to 1962. Patek produced a total of 10,000 Cal 12-400 movements which means that less than 1000 pieces were manufactured each year. Some reference numbers like 2515 with short lugs are now rarely seen on the market.

Each bridge is stamped with the last 3 digits of the movement number which takes us back to the days of hand finished movements. This touch of individuality is not something you will find in a new Patek!

In addition, the bezel is also stamped with the 3 last digits of the case number.

The complete overhaul was really a straight forward job. In its 54 years, this is only the third time it has been overhauled. Nevertheless, the pivots and jewels are still finely polished due to the fact the watch was used only on special occasions.

The original ivory colour dial is nicely aged and gives the watch a warmth and unmistakably vintage look.

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